A prestigious landscape design award is to be launched in memory of murdered Joanna Yeates, it was announced today.
Her employer the Bristol Design Partnership (BDP) is to sponsor the prize at the University of Gloucestershire – where Jo, 25, graduated.
The annual award will go to undergraduates at the university’s School of Landscape and Environment.
Garden designer Jo went missing from her home in Clifton, Bristol, on December 17 last year.
Her strangled body was found dumped by the roadside of a secluded lane, three miles from her flat, on Christmas Day.
Dutch national Vincent Tabak, 32, who lived in the flat next door to Jo at 44 Canynge Road, has been charged with her murder.
BDP also announced it is to create a small garden of remembrance at their offices in Hill Street, Bristol, to permanently honour Jo.
They will also set up a heart-warming Book of Remembrance, including an anthology of her work.
An up and coming cycle ride – to mark BDP’s 50th anniversary – is to also be dedicated to Jo.
Proceeds from the event will go to charities chosen by Jo’s parents, David, 63, and Teresa, 58, and boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27.
Keith Pavey, head of BDP’s Bristol office, said yesterday: ”It is now over seven weeks since Jo was so tragically taken from us and it is still difficult to come to terms with her untimely and unnecessary death.
”We have been overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence and sympathy we have received from our clients and colleagues in the construction industry.
”We will not forget Jo and we hope the above (memorials) will collectively become a lasting tribute to her.”